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The Gaul (2001)

Vercingétorix (original title)
An entire nation's destiny lies in the hands of one man.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Vercingétorix (as Christophe Lambert)
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Guttuart
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Epona
Denis Charvet ...
Cassivelaun
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
Dumnorix
Maria Kavardjikova ...
Rhia
Yannis Baraban ...
Litavic
Vincent Moscato ...
Moscatos
Jean-Pierre Rives ...
Teuton Chief
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Youri Angelov
Atanass Atanassov
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Diviciac (as J.P. Berger)
Patrice Bissonnette
Rousy Chanev ...
(as Roussi Tchanev)
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Young Vercingetorix came of age in 60 B.C., as soldiers of the Roman Empire ran roughshod over Gaul and his father was captured and executed by Romans. A wise and philosophical druid, Guttuart, tells the angry Vercingetorix that he should seek justice by winning freedom for Gaul from the Romans. As an adult, Vercingetorix becomes a brave and insightful warrior, and at first joins forces with the charismatic Julius Caesar. But in time Vercingetorix is betrayed by the great leader, and soon he raises an army of his own to defeat Caesar and bring Guttuart's prophesy to life. Written by Anonymous

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His people made him a leader. The empire made him a renegade. History made him a hero. See more »


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Rated R for violence and nudity | See all certifications »

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24 January 2001 (France)  »

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The film has become infamous for serving as the opener for the movie review series "The Search for the Worst" by controversial YouTuber I Hate Everything. See more »

Goofs

When Vercingetorix rides up on his horse to kill the man sitting on the throne, he is holding a large spear in his right hand. The camera changes to an outside view looking inside (with the villagers watching). However, the spear is now in his left hand (you have to look closely through the crowd). The scene cuts back inside and once again he has the spear in his right hand. See more »

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Julius Ceasar: When Alexander the Great was ten years younger than I am today, he had conquered the entire civilized world.
Vercingetorix: At your age, he was dead
Julius Ceasar: All the more reason to hurry.
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Le rêve d'un homme
Performed by Sonia Lacen
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Passable Attempt at Historical Epic
18 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I certainly don't think The Gaul, Druids or Vercingétorix: La légende du druide roi...(or whatever the alternate title is) is one of the worst movies ever. But it certain isn't a memorable epic. The storyline is a fairly historically accurate tribute to one of the great French ancients. Unfortunately, the French didn't make a worthy tribute to a hero.

Criticism falls all over, whether it's boring, poorly written, is a waste of Max von Sydow and Klaus Maria Brandauer (Christopher Lambert doesn't have talent to waste), has errors or is poorly directed. I'm not sure if any of the reasons given is really true.

For an epic, it is weak as it lacks visual beauty that most epics (e.g, Gladiator, Braveheart) typically have. Most modern epics have large doses of action and gore but this film lacks either. Without visual effects, it's more in the style of classic epics such as Spartacus but it also lacks fine cinematography necessary for an epic. Camera-work is also very mediocre. It seems the director Jacques Dorfmann lacked imagination and a flair for capturing the audience. It has the appearance of a made-for-TV film. The script actually has some fine lines (see the "quotes" on IMDb) but runs into inconsistent and awkwardness at times and some poor acting by the supporting cast.

It's dry lack of imagination, inability to captivate the audience, poor cinematography and poor supporting cast just stamp mediocrity all over it.


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